Wallpaper Wednesdays 9 | Jocelyn Edin
Today, Ena and I are featuring Jocelyn Edin from Michigan - a brilliant watercolor artist, print and web designer, and one who dabbles in a multitude of other creative pursuits such as painting, drawing, lettering, letterpress, sculpture, and photography. I've noticed an interesting common thread among artists that we've featured so far. Like Sophia - Mini Grandi Artist, and I, Jocelyn is a designer, and has also decided to pursue an independent career for herself. It's encouraging to see that other creatives are taking the big leap to pursue their passion. The amazing thing is that it doesn't look like they just merely entered the scene, rather they are seasoned pros, with talent beyond their years.
The thing I really appreciate about Jocelyn's work is that it is very spontaneous and organic. I love when I look at a piece of art and see the emotion in it. I really feel that the best art is created from just being in the moment and letting loose. Too much control will actually work against art than for it, but I do believe that you do need a certain amount of restraint too, so I guess that's a form of control. Either way, Jocelyn really achieves it all in her work and it is very easy to gaze in awe and get lost in the details of her watercolors.
I really look forward to seeing more of Jocelyn's work because I really admire her style and use of colors. If you're loving her work so far, stay around until the end of the post to see the beautiful wallpaper designs that she created for you guys for free download. They are absolutely lovely. Now let's get to know her a bit more with our Q&A!
1. DID YOU ALWAYS HAVE A PASSION FOR ART AND WHEN DID YOU START PURSUING IT?
I have always loved making things. I was so lucky to come from a family of artists, including my dad who was my high school art teacher. I studied graphic design in college and spent the last 15 years in the agency world as an art director for a small studio in southeast Michigan. This past summer I decided to follow my own path and focus on making art full-time.
2. WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION?
I find beauty in the everyday, in the simple things. I love the outdoors, sunshine, Mother Nature. I’m also inspired by color itself, shapes, compositions, textures, the spontaneity of paint on paper.
3. WHAT MEDIUMS DO YOU USE?
Mainly watercolor, and of course my digital tools.
4. IN THREE WORDS, HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE OF ART?
Graphic, Organic, Optimistic
5. DO YOU LISTEN TO MUSIC WHILE CREATING ART? IF SO, WHAT’S ON YOUR PLAYLIST?
I’m always listening to music! I love live music and am on the board at The Ark, a music venue in downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan. My tastes are eclectic and cover a huge range. I love music that makes me want to dance but I also love beautiful songwriting and authentic delivery. Some of my favorites are Patty Griffin, Vienna Teng, Johnnyswim, JT, MJ, Pharrell.
6. DESCRIBE YOUR MOST TREASURED ART PIECE TO DATE - ONE THAT YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF.
One of my favorite pieces from the last year was an illustrated poster for a Jeff Daniels show at The Ark. I have a signed copy framed in my home. It was a piece that pushed me in exciting ways.
7. NAME ONE ARTIST YOU ADMIRE.
I immediately think of the artists in my family, my dad, my brother, my aunt, my great grandmother, all so inspirational in their own way. But if I had to pick a current artist crush, it would be Helen Dealtry. The aesthetic of her watercolor work and textile design is so yummy!
8. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO EMERGING ARTISTS?
I love this video with Ira Glass talking about The Gap. Exactly. Do a lot of work. And make yourself uncomfortable. That’s when you’ll grow.
9. WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN FIVE YEARS?
Creating larger series of work. Showing in galleries. Collaborating with creative friends around the world. Dedicating time towards a cause.
10. IF YOU COULD BE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD RIGHT NOW, WHERE WOULD YOU WANT TO BE?
At a plein air watercolor workshop in Scotland.
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A heartfelt thank you to Jocelyn for collaborating with us!
What designs would you like to see next? Share with me in the comments!
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